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Tate Picks Rousey Over Nunes For UFC 207

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On December 30 at UFC 207, former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey returns to the Octagon, with a main-event title fight vs. current champion Amanda Nunes. Rousey’s former belt has been a hot potato, going from Rousey to Holly Holm, to Miesha Tate, to Nunes all in eight months.

No one in the sport so intimately knows the relative skills of Rousey and Nunes as does Tate. Rousey took Tate’s strikeforce belt in 2012, and then beat her again the next year in the UFC. Further, Tate lost her belt to Nunes in July.

In an interview with Brett Okamoto for ESPN, Tate said she favored Rousey, with a big if.

 

“I think if Ronda is at her height, I would probably say Ronda,” said Tate. “I always tend to favor grapplers. That’s just my bias. I think it’s more probable for a fight to go to the ground and get finished than it is for a clean knockout. That’s less common in women’s MMA.

“So, if you factor that in, I think Ronda is the stronger grappler.”

 

“What’s so weird about this fight is all the X factors. Amanda is a really tenacious fighter and I think she’s going to have a newfound confidence coming into this fight.

“I guess what I don’t know is how Ronda is going to show up. I’m pretty confident about what Amanda will show up, but Ronda — it has been such a long time. Ring rust can be a very real thing and how is she going to be as far as being punch-shy? She knows Amanda is heavy-handed and after being cracked by Holly, does that change the mindset of someone like Ronda who kind of believed, along with many others, she was untouchable?

“It’s hard to say who wins this because it kind of depends on what version of Ronda shows up.”

Adding a further degree of complexity to the calculation, during a recent appearance on The Ellen DeGeneris show, Rousey said of her MMA career that she was “wrapping it up.” The sole thing Nunes is intent upon wrapping up is Rousey’s consciousness.

 

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.